Post # 1
I am a regular poster here but I’m still very upset, hence the made up user name.
My husband was laid off yesterday and we are both devastated 🙁 The company has been having financial problems, so even though we knew this could be a possibilty we are shocked.
We recently moved out of state and bought our first home. We will be able to get by for a few months on my salary and his unemployment. We have been working on building up our emergency savings, but its not where it should be. But we’ll cut back and make it work somehow.
This was a huge blow to my husbands ego. He’s only been there for about 6 months and he’s never experienced this before. I haven’t either. I’m trying to remain positive and he’s already started the job search. I just worry about him. His self esteem was low to begin with, and now this just sets him back.
Anyways, my question is regarding unemployment. He was employed at his last employer for over 2 years. He quit in the summer because we had moved, and he found a better opportunity closer to our new home. Will he have any trouble collecting unemployment since he quit his last job? He didn’t quit his most recent, he was laid off. But I know the unemployment office reviews your last 18 months of work to determine your weekly unemployment amount.
Thanks ladies :/
Post # 4
Unemployment varies from state to state. Have your husband contact the unemployment office in your state ASAP to get the process started. It often takes a few weeks to get entered into the system, and sometimes he has to do things like post his resume online and visit the unemployment center before they will enroll him.
Have him make finding a new job his top priority (think of it as his new job is FINDING a new job). Have him reach out to old contacts for new opportunities. Research networking events in your area. Send resumes via snail mail to any company who has a position in his field, whether they are advertised or not (rather than just applying to jobs online).
I did all of the above when I was laid off and ended up finding a great position within 6 weeks at a company that didn’t have an opening at the time they received my resume but kept me in mind when one opened up.
Post # 5
He shouldn’t have a problem collecting unemployment. The status goes by his last employement opportunity which in this case he was laid off from. However, they do collect an entire year of earnings on which to base his unemployment amount. So eventhough his last job may make him eligible for the maximum benefit, if his previous job was significantly less it could lower his benefit amount.
Our company is based out of 38 states and I work in the HR department so I see claims all the time from people who have quit our company and then unfortunately have been laid of from their next employer.
Good luck and try to keep you head held high, it will all work itself out.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies, I appreciate the feedback.
I’m scared but trying to remain positive. My husband is doing great. He woke up early with me and immediately started the job hunt. Fingers crossed!
Post # 7
Best of luck to your husband! Obviously I think your question has been answered but I just wanted to wish you both patience since a job hunt can be a frustrating process.